To Mask or Not to Mask? That’s the Question for Summer 2021 By Stephen Dick

To Mask or Not to Mask? That’s the Question for Summer 2021 By Stephen Dick

Hopefully, by the start of summer COVID-19 will either be a thing of the past, or on an extreme decline. Thus, the question is what will you do as it pertains to wearing or not wearing a mask. A question that has raised all levels of emotion and a ton of confusion. Is it the Scientists, or the Medical Professionals? Who do you believe and who do you trust?

Obviously, this is a major decision given the summer offers numerous outdoor activities to participate in and enjoy.

We all know that wearing a face mask is not comfortable, but many feel it is necessary for added protection. And, for those who wear glasses, as I do, you find that they tend to fog up adding to the discomfort level.

With many appealing outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, pickle ball, bicycling, softball, swimming, shuffleboard, jogging or simply walking, the need to be wearing a suffocating mask becomes even more questionable.

Since we do not have 100 percent herd immunity yet, wearing a mask indoors makes sense (like shopping or attending events that have large gatherings), the exception being at home with family or being with those people that have been vaccinated. However, when outdoors mask wearing may not be necessary. So go ahead and enjoy those outdoor barbeques.
Bottom line is the mask decision is left up to you as it should be. We want everyone to be safe and to do what you feel is best for you and your family.

It is important for you to understand that this article contains my personal opinions. I attempt to present issues that are current and may affect our senior readership. However, I would love to hear from our readers and get your thoughts on this or any Senior Servings topic. Additionally, if there is a senior related topic or issue that you would like this article to cover, please let me know and without promises, I will do my best to accommodate.

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Hopefully, we can soon all look past the COVID-19 virus and take advantage of the beautiful, refreshing days of summer.

In closing, remember your health and wellness is primary and therefore, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the medical professionals that are listed on this Monmouth Health & Wellness site.

Until next time, have a great and memorable summer 2021.
Stephen Dick is the president of SDMC, a full-service creative marketing communications resource –


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